Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 27, 2013
SALEM DISTRICT: FREEZING RAIN OVERNIGHT COULD MEAN ICY ROADS FOR TOMORROW MORNING
VDOT crews mobilizing tonight; drivers strongly urged to use caution before travelling
SALEM –With freezing rain in the forecast for southwestern Virginia for the overnight hours on Sunday, Jan. 27 and into the early morning hours of Monday, Jan. 28, motorists are strongly encouraged to consider adjusting their travel plans around the potentially icy weather. A difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will determine if ice accumulates on roadways or not.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is gearing up operations for the overnight hours on Sunday and heading into the day on Monday morning. If ice starts to form on road surfaces, crews will spread a mixture of sand and salt. The sand increases traction, and the salt helps melt the frozen precipitation and prevents it from bonding to the road surface.
During a freezing rain event, drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form first.
Before travelling, motorists can find current road conditions by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org.
To request road maintenance services, citizens can call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).
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